stories and photos of a simple Filipina who found her second home, Wolfenbüttel, DE

Friday, October 30, 2009

Abu Simbel

Note: i have similar entries of this post in my old blog in friendster also titled flip-flops and backpack and in our group Salitype Society.

Abu Simbel - lies 280 kilometers away from Aswan, from the North of Sudanese border it is only 40 kilometers away. It was early in the morning when we reached Abu Simbel. We already booked for the trip in our hotel in Aswan. We are about 20 persons who made the trip, and after picking- up the all the tourists from different hotels, we finally go and drive through the desert to Abu Simbel.

Pharaoh Ramses II ruled for a long time and built a lot of monuments and temples which are still exist. On the 60's in the last century, German archeologists and engineers move the whole temple to it's present site. So it will be not under the water level of this new artificial lakes, created by the big dam of river Nile. So, we and other millions of people can still see and enjoy the sight of this magnificent temple and statues of Pharaoh Ramses II. The temple was found by chance by the Swiss Johann Ludwig Burckhardt on May 22, 1813. And the Italian Giovanni Battista Belzoni found out the upper part of a door way and the main entrance on August 1, 1871.

TEMPLE OF HATHOR - still in Abu Simbel, the smaller temple dedicated to Queen Nefertari Ramses II's beloved wife. In this temple the statues of Queen Nefertari is surprisingly equal to Ramses' statues, which is not usual because most of the statues and bas relief we saw in Egypt the wife of the Pharaohs' are small and at the back of the pharaoh holding his knees.

Our trip continues still in Aswan, after visiting Abu Simbel we went straight to Aswan Dam. I will never forget this experience, seeing these magnificent statues of Pharaoh Ramses II.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Vientiane - 28.11.2005 and so our journey continues from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. After having a nice and very good baguette sandwich we took a "tuk-tuk" to the bus station. We got our tickets and then the bus leaves at exactly 8 in the morning.

I had vomited two times during the bus trip :( i have problems whenever the road is zig-zag. The first 10 kilometers is still ok, until we went up the mountains then i started to become dizzy :( but not only me, i saw also most of us inside the bus are having the same problem like me. Michael had no problem, he enjoyed the view of the landscape and took photos when we stopped somewhere and it was amazing!

After a very long 8 hours of bus trip we finally arrived in Vientiane. Michael my husband look for a place where we can stay and he found a very nice and clean family run guest house. For 400 Baht a day, we have a nice place to stay and to rest and relax.

The Arc de Triemphe replica, officially " Patu Xai" but the local people of Vientiane call it "Anusawali" was named after a Lao who died in pre- revolutionary wars.

Next day we look around the town, and visit the temple "Pha That Luang" a very interesting temple. There's also a statue of the King before his name is "Setthathirat" but it's under construction when we went there so no photos.

At the end of the day we had a nice bbq dinner along the Mekong River. Next day our journey continues to Savahnaket and Pakse. And i am sooo thankful! because no more zig-zag road! ;)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Königslutter, Lutterspring

moin moin!

It's Sunday again yesterday, we are lucky this time with the weather. Although it's cold still it didn't rain and the sun shines so off we go. We went to Königslutter about 25 kilometers from WF, East side of Niedersachsen. Michael said there's a natural spring and the nature park is also good for a walk.

i love just looking at these stunning trees, so much joy it brings to a soul like me that loves simple things like nature...

this is what i love in Autumn the colors of the trees and leaves, it was a gift for us to have a one day at least nice weather...

and.. yes another mushroom ;) bonus i think *winks*

on our way back home, we passed by in the Wolfenbüttel's Park, just a normal day i guess but it's wonderful Sunday ;)

guys.. the flowers are for you, because you prayed for us to have a nice weather and it worked ;) thank you for the prayers everyone! :)

have a happy week everyone.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Luang Prabang

24.11.2005 - After our 2 days boat trip from Huay - Xai to Pakbeng Village we are finally in Laos. Michael got his visa before in Bangkok, i don't need visa because i am a Filipino. The boat trip in Mekong River was bit dangerous because of the rapids and currents. We had to stay in Pakbeng Village one night and continue the journey next day.

Laos - a very relax country the life is slow and quiet but romantic. Colonized by the French in the 1950's that's why people also speaks French aside from their local language. Baguette sandwhich is very good in Laos. They also have a very strong drinks called "Lao Lao" has about 70 to 80 percent of alcohol.

Luang Prabang - We arrived in Luang Prabang in the afternoon from Pakbeng Village. The boat trip was also exciting seeing and enjoying the view of the landscape, passed by some cave temple and saw the minorities people living in the mountain.There was a festival that day, we had been lucky to witnessed it. The temples of Luang Prabang which about 100 are under world heritage.
The photo below is the the famous and the most important temple in Luang Prabang, it's called Wat Xieng Thong. I had to wear my jacket because no sleeves blouse are not allowed inside the temple. ( er.. outside too? hehe i only forgot to take out my jacket in this picture ;)

We really enjoyed the festival, it was so colorful and far diferent from other festival i saw. Got a chance to have some photos together with the girls participated in the festival.

We had a nice two days stay in Luang Prabang, our journey continues next day to Vientianne. The bus trip to Vientianne was not so good at least for me, that will be in my next entry. The sun set in Mekong River photo was taken in our last night in Luang Prabang while having dinner.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Skagen, Denmark

Skagen - one of the best and enjoyable trip we had in Denmark. Skagen is before, known as a small village and the people live in fishing. This sand dunes is about 90 meter high, and i made it climbing up there with my bare foot, you can see in the photo above i am holding my flip-flops it was easier to climb.

On the other side of the sand dunes is an ocean but be aware of this ocean because it is "tückisch" ( treacherous)!

whew! it's not easy climbing up this mountain of sand dunes but it's worth it, when i finally went to the top of it, i said.. "yes! i made it"! ;)

the lighthouse or tower is also an attraction to the tourists, half of the light tower is almost buried in the sand dunes.

We took a photo of this sheep seems like it telling us "beee! beee!!" ;) look at my back, can you see the sand dunes? did we look like we enjoyed the trip? oh, i think we did! hehe ;)

next entry i will share to you guys the city of Skagen.